Homes across the world and through the ages are built on the architectural foundations of longevity, comfort and safety.
Across the globe the traditional brick and mortar or wooden homes are characterised by an un-skilled workforce, substantial natural resources requirements, waste and cost overruns.
With changes to the global economy, the shortage of resources and the need for rapid deployment of housing solutions – populations are having to think of homes in a new way.
On the Southern Tip of Africa, WolfPack Rentals is leading a new trend in housing solutions – readily available and repurposed shipping containers that reduce the material requirements for a home while recycling the trove of shipping containers that lie dormant on our shores.
Built to withstand the harsh conditions of the high seas, the inherit architecture of shipping containers have always focused on durability and stability – functions that provide a direct benefit to the repurposing of the containers for mobile, flexible and modular housing solutions.
We are recycling, refurbishing and repurposing these containers, they are modular and mobile in all the same ways as the shipping containers they start from. These repurposed shipping containers are slowly taking hold.
Private homes are one consideration, but so are the possibilities of semi-permanent, temporary or seasonal workforces being housed efficiently and comfortably. Similarly, Hotels can pop-up to change the scenery or meet current local demand.
Excellent as a raw material, working with containers significantly reduces waste production, reducing conventional waste from 30% to around 1% waste. This is about three skips of rubble against a garbage bag. The reefer container, used in our projects, is a highly resistant construction, produced with COR-TEN steel, aluminium and a very efficient thermal insulator. It is designed for shipping on the rough seas and to withstand salt water and corrosion ever day. Its easy maintenance ensures durability for generations when ashore.
Costs are relatively similar to those of a conventional small dwelling, although repurposing a recycled container over using a brand new container automatically brings with it immediate costs reductions. Advantages are numerous, quick to modify and modular in nature, homes can be built much quicker and at an immediate reduction in costs as a result. Ultimately, giving a quick return on investment for the builder or owner.
Lighter and sturdier than masonry, the required foundation needs to support less load and therefore further reduces the cost of construction. Working with an experienced and specialised company like WolfPack Rentals, budgets are controlled and unnecessary additional expenses are avoided.
Conceptually, they always stand out – being built in a fraction of the time and appearing unique and tailored to their owners taste – a flurry of attention and word of mouth takes over, instantly sparking new interest in the units.
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Final cuts are then made, your plumbing and electrical services are installed (which can be internal or external) and finishes like flooring, painting and connections between modules are completed. It is a simplified and fast process.
• The external panels can be made of aluminum or steel, depending on the model.
• The thermal insulation is made of high density polyurethane with a thickness of 10cm.
• The floor is a grid of aluminum, allowing a cushion of air beneath the floor installed.
• Withstands up to 35.000kg load / Tare 4.000kg